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Jan 25, 2013 - Health    No Comments

I Felt My Baby Move

I felt my baby move

I can’t describe the feeling when my baby moved, better than what it says on the internet, a “fluttering of wings” but very fast, very short and in the same place, it didn’t go anywhere else. Not like gas when you feel it in a place and next in another place, to far away apart to be the same “reason”.

Today I had the double test for Down syndrome and other problems, and the result was very good. The possibilities that my baby will get those problems are very low. I was very happy and I had a chance to see the baby bigger and moving when the doctor was trying to measure him. I saw the nose and his arms and legs. The doctor first said it could be a girl, and at the end said that it could be a boy, so maybe next time, when my husband comes with me, we will know for sure and we will have a better view.

I was filled with happiness and delight after the visit and every time I remembered that I saw my baby move I felt so accomplished.

The new baby’s info are: He/She measures 6,69 cm. I was 12 weeks and 4 days at the time of the consult and the baby was the size of a 13th weeks and 2 days pregnancy. They said is a little bigger than they expected, but I don’t know what that means. His/her nose is 3 mm and his/her heart beats at 158 beats per minute. Everything else is normal and good.

My doctor advised me to drink more water so that my blood pressure will go a little up cuz now is 10 with 6. She said we will meet again in march and that I have to do some ultrasound and a check up next month in my home town and this way I will have a chance to have some relationship with a doctor here too. I will also have to take some blood tests till I come back in march.

I am planning to tell the big news to the rest of my friends on 14th February. I already told the news to some important people in my life, not that the rest are not important, but I had feared if something had happen with my pregnancy it will be very hard for me to tell all the people I lost the baby, I just didn’t want to make it more hard for me to face them. Fortunately my baby is safe and sound and no sign of going anywhere so I can’t wait to tell everybody.

In a few days I enter the second trimester. Wish me luck!

Jan 16, 2013 - Feelings, Health    No Comments

Eleven Weeks Pregnant

Eleven Weeks Pregnant

Instead of my nausea I still have this meat aversion which I try to pass by with making food that I crave to contain some meat or to put more sauce so that it won’t be so dry to eat.

I wasn’t able to gain any weight yet, I’m still losing some grams from time to time, but I’m not worried anymore. I still have time to gain and have all sorts of cravings.

I’m still in pain with some back ache, and I tried not to take any pills, not even the ones that are common and OK to take, like No-Spa, and I try going for a walk whenever I get the chance and sleep whenever I can. I also have some tooth ache and for that I’m avoiding sweets and too crunchy foods.

My husband is behaving like a real sweetheart. He made sure my work environment is not at 15 degrees Celsius anymore. He brought a heater and is up to 20 degrees now. He got real concerned when I came near him in bed and tried to get my feet warmer on his skin cuz I could get them to heat up on my on.

He’s not letting me carry anything, he’s amazed by the tiny human in my body (he stopped calling him/her a little worm) and he reads everything I give him on pregnancy, and more.

I went to my family doctor today to put me on the pregnant list and gave me a notebook with info and personal stuff to have whenever I go to a doctors appointment. She also recommended a cardiology appointment because of some unusual sounds she heard when she listened to my heart. I’m not that scared yet, I’m waiting for a real prognosis.

New measurements:
Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight eleventh week: 58.6 kg

Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust eleventh week: 91 cm

Waist before: 67 cm
Waist eleventh week: 76 cm

Hips before: 92 cm
Hips eleventh week: 91 cm

Dec 18, 2012 - Feelings, Health, Problems    No Comments

First Ultrasound

First Ultrasound

I came to Bucharest on Saturday, alone because I had the appointment yesterday and we decided I would remain here for the holidays and my husband will join me later. He couldn’t come with me because he can’t spent so much time away from his family because they need him.

I was not afraid of the doctors appointment, I was excited even, I was just afraid of the taxi ride, I didn’t know the area where the hospital is situated and didn’t know how much money it will take me for the ride. But I made it there in time, just 5 minutes earlier, and took a chair in the waiting room. I waited like a half an hour and realized I had forgotten my entire medical file at home. I was ready to go to the hospital an hour before my actual departing time, but emotions and stress made me forget my most valuable file at home.

So I waited there, trying to remember what tests I did and what I didn’t do, try to remember all the questions I wanted to ask her and I finally enter the cabinet. She greeted me with a smile, she asked about my age, about my last period to know how many weeks I have and, of course, about the test file, which I didn’t have. I tried to give her some tests I remembered but she writes me a blood test reference and she advise me to only take those that I didn’t took, of course.

She puts me on the examining table, takes a few samples for some tests I was sure I didn’t take, and gives me an internal ultrasound. She looks on the monitor, moves the stick inside me around a few times, and she turns on the sound a couple of times, the second time I heard it loud and clear “Bump….Bump….Bump….”, it sounds like 70 beats per minute and I panic. It should’ve sound like “BumpBumpBump”, 110 to 160 beats per minute to be a healthy baby, so my eyes start watering.

The doctor is not happy, I see she doesn’t like what she heard but she stays calm. She says she wants a pregnancy confirmation and a transvaginal ultrasound to be sure we can continue the pregnancy, cuz there is a risk that the heart will stop and she wants to make sure as soon as possible. She also gave me some pills prescription, vitamins, Folic Acid, something for spotting, because it didn’t stop from last Sunday, and No-spa, just in case I have any kind of pain I can take 1 to 4 capsules per day.

She gave me her business card which I lost cuz I couldn’t focus on anything else, I took the ultrasound picture with the little bump barely visible and left. It was good I had the agenda with me, I wrote everything she told me, when to come see her again, where, what to do next, when will I know everything is ok, and stuff. I went to the reception and try to get an appointment as soon as possible for that ultrasound and lucky me they had one opening at one o’clock and it was one o’clock.

I stayed in line though, cuz there were some other women there more pregnant than me. I gave my husband a call and told him everything, I wrote him a few messages cuz I didn’t like other people to hear that I was scared and sad and lost and all alone. I shared a few tears which drew attention, but I tried staying strong and said to myself if I’m positive my baby will be fine.

My husband made a quick researched on the internet, told me some women treated the slow pulse with pills, like magnesium and calcium and the pulse went up a little. But that meant that the baby could have some heart problems, treatable, but nevertheless. I was angry that I’ve done everything that I could to make my body healthy for the conceiving, then made sure I ate healthy and enough, and eat fruits and take vitamins, and this still could happen.

When the doctor called me in, my tears were gone and I was relieved that I didn’t had to wait that long to know. He quickly asked my name and get down to business. He put the ultrasound on my belly and in a couple of seconds I could hear loud and clear “BumpBumpBump”, 128 beats per minute. I was so happy and then more happy when he told me to look on my left and there, on a TV with a 65 cm diameter, I could se the little peanut. The doctor measured his head, body, everything and congratulated me.

I thanked God everything was fine and when I went to pay for everything I didn’t care how much it was, I was just glad it was over.

Today I’ve done the blood tests I was supposed to, and the result will come on January 7, 3 days later than my next doctors visit. Hope it will not be too late and that there will not be more surprises.

Dec 16, 2012 - Feelings, Health    No Comments

Seven Weeks Pregnant

Seven Weeks Pregnant

I have the same problems like last week. I can’t get rid of the nausea. I know I can eat, even if I don’t feel like it, even if I feel I can’t hold the food in I know I will not throw up afterwards. The problem is that I don’t know what to eat, I can’t think of any food that will not make me sick thinking of it. The meet sounds to heavy for my belly, and I don’t like thinking of the smell, the chicken is the one meet that doesn’t smell bad but it doesn’t smell good either. The fish would be the worst thing and the last I can think of cooking, even if I know some will be very good for my pregnancy. One day I will have to go past my aversion and eat some to see what happens.

Tomorrow is my first doctors appointment. I have a list of things to ask her.

About chickenpox I have to ask, even if I had it when I was little, my sister in law could get it from one of her friends and I don’t know what happens to the baby inside me.

About iodine I have to ask because of my mother-in-law, she keeps nagging me that she took iodine when she was pregnant and why am I not taking any. I tried to explain to her that now the salt has iodine and it is not like 28 years ago where you could not find that in salt and that is why you had to took supplements.

I also have to ask her about other vitamins I have to take. I want to know if drinking a large cup of chamomile tea could harm anything and what can I take, pills or other remedies, for nausea and constipation.

I have to tell her that I need a C section because of my eye problems, and I have the recipe for my glasses to show her I know what I’m talking about and I have to ask her when will the C section be scheduled and what to expect.

I’m a little scared cuz I will be all alone but is something that I look forward to cuz it will be the first time I’ll see, maybe even hear, my baby. As my husband said, I will not be alone, my little bump will be with me. Wish us luck, we both will need it!

New measurements:
Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight seventh week: 59.1 kg

Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust seventh week: 90 cm

Waist before: 67 cm
Waist seventh week: 72 cm

Hips before: 92 cm
Hips seventh week: 92 cm

Dec 11, 2012 - Health, Problems    No Comments

Nausea and Cravings in Pregnancy

We all expect to be nauseated when we get pregnant, we also expect to have some cravings, but what I didn’t expect was to be so nauseated that I can’t even think of putting food in my mouth and also be salivating at the food on the table at the same time. I don’t know how that works, what am I suppose to listen to? Can eat it and risk vomiting a little later? Or should I try something that will be easier for my stomach to process?

This days I’m not in the mood for meat. Is like I had enough and I sense I need vegetables. I ate tomato and onion salad with a boiled egg and a noodles chicken soup yesterday and it was a refreshing meal. But because it is winter, fresh vegetables are not that common on the market anymore, this season vegetable is meat so it will be hard for me to avoid meat forever. I discovered that any kind of meat goes down easier with a garlic paste we use to make in our country so I will try more of that.

I don’t crave any food in particular, but the thing that I most want this days, just because we use to make it in the winter and I always like Christmas with this particular beverage, is hot red wine. We boil red wine, the redder the better, with a few spoons of sugar, a piece of cinnamon, 5 to 10 pieces of clover and a few slices of apple, which you can eat afterwards and they fill with sweet red wine. But as I said NO to ALL alcohol when I begun my journey is hard for me to pass the holidays and say no to that, but I will, is just gonna be hard.

Nausea makes me tired, is depressing and exhausting to fell sick all the time, and I’m trying to avoid it after launch with a 3 hours nap in the afternoon. When I woke up, everything seems to be good, for a half an hour or so and then we’re back to nausea, then dinner comes and after that nausea comes again.

I know peppermint tea helps with the nausea, but because I’m a little constipated I don’t think is such a good idea. I will save this for when the vomiting episodes start. I also heard something about ginger root tea that relieves nausea and doesn’t have the constipation factor, but they don’t have reliable information about using it on pregnant women. Maybe it is safe to use in small quantities so you would have to ask someone who really knows this stuff.

Dec 6, 2012 - Health, Problems, Tips    No Comments

Constipation in Pregnancy

Constipation is a real pain in your behind if you are pregnant. I had diarrhea the last weekend and I managed to fix it with toasted bread, mint tea and bananas in just two days, one more day and I would’ve gotten to the doctor. Fixing this problem resulted in going back to the problem I had before diarrhea, which was constipation. So from Sunday I couldn’t go to the bathroom at all, this is my fifth day.

The first two days I was afraid of eating fruits and fibers as I didn’t want the diarrhea to return, I lost 1,5 kilos in the weekend and gained 2 back the first day of my recovery, but now I have to try harder, soon I will explode if not.

There is a type of yoghurt that contains fibers and fruits and helps a lot with it but I didn’t know I needed till last night when I realized four days past and nothing. I think I was more afraid of the diarrhea, cuz it kept me awake, I had stomachache in the middle of the night followed by bathroom trips.

But now I can’t tell you what do I hate more, being constipated, that means bloated, feeling heavy, nauseated because I feel full, in pain when gas tries to get out or when diarrhea hits and making me feeling nausea because of stomachache, sleepy because it wakes me in the middle of the night, cold because the bathroom is cold, but lighter because eventually there will be nothing else to get out. Sorry for too many details.

Dec 2, 2012 - Feelings, Health, Problems    No Comments

Five Weeks Pregnant

At 5 weeks pregnant is not much to see but I will begin to take a picture of my belly every week so that I will see the rate at witch my belly grows. I will also have this weekly post with all my symptoms and everything I’m going trough.

Symptoms: I already started to feel nausea, and had some bloating issues accompanied by constipation, but as I was trying to resolve constipation, diarrhea hit me, like a truck hits a fly on the highway. I had severe stomach ache and had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, several times, two nights in a row. I had some mint tea and bananas, but I’m not in the mood of eating this days because of my nausea. It was a pain to cook but luckily my husband helped and did a great job too. Unfortunately I can’t eat what I had in mind, I have to stick to the tea and toast.

My breast are tender and they grew from 87 cm circumference to 91 cm, my husband can’t stop smiling at them, but he’s sad he can’t play cuz they hurt. Sometimes is a moderate pain, sometimes sever, I always have to get a hold of them when I go down the stairs. Another of the symptoms is headache but that doesn’t bother me that much.

I tried sleeping on my left side the last few night, first try was a mess, my arms kept going numb and tingly and had to turn around because of the pain, and my right arm hurt all day that day, but the next day, don’t ask me why I was fine and didn’t had any trouble with the numbness all night. I think it was because I kept my arms straight not under me or my pillow and the pressure was not like the first time.

Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight at now: 58.0 kg (because of my diarrhea)
Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust measurements now: 90 cm
Waist before: 67 cm
Waist now: 71 cm (because of the bloating I suppose)
Hips before: 92 cm
Hips now: 92 cm

Nov 15, 2012 - Health, Tips    No Comments

Herbal Teas During Pregnancy

There are herbal teas and non herbal teas. The non herbal teas mostly contain caffeine which they can be healthy if you are NOT pregnant, because of the antioxidants, but the baby in your belly can’t process the caffeine as an adult can.

However the herbal teas are caffeine free so that is not the issue. But you should be proper informed about which herbal teas are good and which are not. Like my previous post there are good herbs and unsafe ones that you don’t want to mess with. Usually the teas labeled as Pregnancy Teas contain good herbs that can help during pregnancy, like red raspberry leafs.

A list of herbs that are used in teas and how safe or unsafe they are:

  • Red Raspberry Leaf (Likely Safe) – Rich in iron, this herb has helped tone the uterus, increase milk production, decrease nausea, and ease labor pains.  Many of the “Pregnancy Teas” commonly contain red raspberry leaf to help promote uterine health during pregnancy.
    There is some controversy about whether this should be used throughout pregnancy or just in the second and third trimester, so many health care providers remain cautious and only recommend using it after the first trimester.
  • Peppermint Leaf (Likely Safe) – Helpful in relieving nausea/morning sickness and flatulence.
  • Lemon Balm (Likely Safe) – Has a calming effect and helps relieve irritability, insomnia, and anxiety.
  • Ginger root (Possibly Safe) -Helps relieve nausea and vomiting.
  • Dandelion (Insufficient Reliable Information Available) Rich in Vitamin A, calcium and iron; dandelion root and leaf can also help relieve mild edema and nourish the liver.
  • Chamomile (German) (Insufficient Reliable Information Available)High in calcium and magnesium, also helps with sleeplessness and inflammation of joints.
  • Nettles (Stinging Nettles) (Likely Unsafe) High in vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium and iron. Used in many “Pregnancy Teas” because it is a great all-around pregnancy tonic. (*Note on the safety of nettles: Natural Medicines Database gives nettles a rating of Likely Unsafe, even though it is used in countless pregnancy teas and recommended by most midwives and herbalists. This may be in relation to which part of the nettles plant is used, the root or the leaves, and how much is used. According to other sources, the use of nettles is encouraged during pregnancy because of all its health benefits.)
  • Rose Hips (Insufficient Reliable Information Available) – Very good source of Vitamin C and helps boost the immune system.
  • Alfalfa (Possibly Unsafe) – Has Vitamin A, D, E and K; particularly good in later pregnancy to boost Vitamin K, which helps prevent postpartum hemorrhage.
  • Yellow Dock (Possibly Unsafe) – Used to help treat anemia in pregnant women due to the high level of iron. Also contains Vitamins A, C and calcium. *(This may also be used as a laxative–talk with your health care provider about the use of yellow dock during pregnancy).

Source: American Pregnancy Association – Herbal Teas

I will get myself some red raspberry leafs for sure when the time comes, on my second trimester. I now drink very large cup of Chamomile tea every morning for the past few years, because all I know about it is that it is healthy to drink it. Is good for digestion, for when you have intestinal cramps and pain, for nausea and for digestive tract infections and airways, when you have a cold. So maybe the Chamomile here is not the German one they refer to, first because I’m not in Germany and second because there can be more types of the same plant.

Nov 14, 2012 - Health, Tips    No Comments

Plants and Herbs in Pregnancy

Yesterday was my birthday and definitely my last day of ovulation. Now I have to wait till, at least, 23 November, on Black Friday, to see if I get my period, and then wait another week to do the test. I’m so looking forward to that day!

I surprised myself this weeks. I ate more fruits then I usually do, lots of milk, and I checked everything that could go wrong with my plan. The I’m Expecting App was fun for research but I also checked the internet a lot. I wondered if poppy seeds during pregnancy can affect it but there is no conclusive  info anywhere.  Of course the poppy seeds they make opium with are not good, but there are different kinds of poppy seeds and some, the safe ones I guess, are used in food industry. I decided to avoid any poppy seeds as much as I can, and it will be hard seeing that my favorite breakfast is this:

I also found a cool site for pregnancy that helps you stay healthy and strong. It is called American Pregnancy Association and I found some cool stuff about plants there. I found out that not all plants are good during pregnancy and they have a list you can follow and be safe. For most of the plants I couldn’t get a precise translation to my language but the ones that I was interested in were not that hard to find.

The list of likely unsafe plants are:

  • Saw Palmetto – when used orally, has hormonal activity
  • Goldenseal – when used orally, may cross the placenta
  • Dong Quai – when used orally, due to uterine stimulant and relaxant effects
  • Ephedra – when used orally
  • Yohimbe – when used orally
  • Pay D’ Arco – when used orally in large doses; contraindicated
  • Passion Flower – when used orally
  • Black Cohosh – when used orally in pregnant women who are not at term
  • Blue Cohosh – when used orally; uterine stimulant and can induce labor
  • Roman Chamomile – when used orally in medicinal amounts
  • Pennyroyal – when used orally or topically

Fortunately the list for the safe plants has some popular names so they are easier to find:

  • Red Raspberry Leaf – Rich in iron, this herb has helped tone the uterus, increase milk production, decrease nausea, and ease labor pains. Some studies have even reported that using red raspberry leaf during pregnancy can reduce complications and the use of interventions during birth. You may see pregnancy teas that are made from red raspberry leaf to help promote uterine health during pregnancy. There is some controversy about whether this should be used throughout pregnancy or just in the second and third trimester, so many health care providers remain cautious and only recommend using it after the first trimester.
  • Peppermint Leaf – Helpful in relieving nausea/morning sickness and flatulence
  • Ginger root – Helps relieve nausea and vomiting
  • Slippery Elm Bark – (when the inner bark is used orally in amounts used in foods) Used to help relieve nausea, heartburn, and vaginal irritations
  • Oats & Oat Straw – Rich in calcium and magnesium; helps relieve anxiety, restlessness, and irritated skin
  • Blond Psyllium – when used orally and appropriately
  • Black Psyllium – when used orally with appropriate fluid intake
  • Garlic – when used orally in amounts commonly found in foods
  • Capsicum (Cayenne, hot pepper) – when used topically and appropriately

They also include a list of plants with insufficient reliable information that is best you ask someone with experience in the field:

  • Dandelion – Rich in Vitamin A, calcium, and iron; dandelion root and leaf can also help relieve mild edema and nourish the liver
  • Chamomile (German) – High in calcium and magnesium; also helps with sleeplessness and inflammation of joints
  • Nettles (Stinging Nettles) – High in vitamins A, C, K , calcium, potassium, and iron. Used in many pregnancy teas because it is a great all around pregnancy tonic. Note on the safety of Nettles: Natural Medicines Database gives Nettles a rating of Likely Unsafe, even though it is used in countless pregnancy teas and recommended by most midwives and herbalists. This may be contingent upon which part of the Nettles plant is used (the root or the leaves) and how much is used. According to other sources, the use of Nettles is encouraged during pregnancy because of its health benefits.

Source: American Pregnancy Association – Natural Herbs

Nov 12, 2012 - Health, Tips    No Comments

I’m Expecting App for Android

My husband did a sweet thing for me a few days ago. He installed on his android phone this application I’m Expecting. I started using it this days and it is great. You can see the evolution of your baby and compare it with other moms. You can keep track of your doctors appointments, weight and symptoms.

You can add the day of the conceiving and it will tell you what your symptoms can be during the week you are in. It tells you what is happening to your body, what diet you should follow and it sends you to all this useful sites that can help you understand better the state you are in.

You can ask question and it can help you get a proper answer from appropriate forums. There are other soon to be moms that you can interact and make friends with so that you will have someone who understands what you’re going through to talk too.

Or if you don’t want to interact and you simply have a question you can search for it in the forums. Last night I searched about pain during intercourse in the forums, if maybe someone else asked that question already, and someone did. It seams that it happens when you are ovulating so it explained a lot of pains all this years.

Then I searched if intercourse the day after the ovulation is still helping, and I found out that sperm stays alive 5 days in your body so for me from Nov 7 to Nov 11, excepting the 9th cuz we didn’t feel to good, I have all the sperm I need, if we want a break today, we can have it.

It also has a due date count down for the days till the birth, not the weeks, which seems a loooong way to go. I also didn’t know that I already am in the second week and I can have symptoms already, and the top 3 symptoms for other moms are bloating, fatigue and breast tenderness. I didn’t experienced the last one, but instead I felt the first two along with headache and dizziness.

It’s a very useful application and is fun and easy to use it.